Are You Presentation Ready?

Here are a few things to remember when preparing for County Presentations in March

  • Be sure to include three main parts:
    • Introduction—the why, who you are and what you will be talking about;
    • Body—the show and tell portion, tell/show the audience what you know; and
    • Summary—the what of it, summarize what you talked about and thank them for listening, cite any source.
  • Presentation Time requirements:
    • Cloverbud members 3-15 minutes. Regular members 5-15 minutes.
      Team Presentations 10-15 minutes.
  • Be sure to dress neatly. No dirty jeans or sweatshirts preferred.
  • If using a poster board- keep them simple. Use dark lettering and pictures large enough so that people in the back of the room can read and see them.
  • Look at your audience and smile.
  • Practice!

A complete guide to presentations is available for download; NJ 4H ‘How to Make a 4-H Public Presentation’. In addition, there is also a YouTube video with tips on how to give a public presentation. Both are great resources for those presenting for the first time, but also a great refresher for more seasoned presenters.   

If you have any question please reach out to Tanya. patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu

Room Host NEEDED!
Community Service Hours Available for Middle/High School Members

The 4-H office is looking for help individuals, Middle and High School members, to volunteer to serve as Room Hosts for our 4-H Public Presentations in-person programs. 

As the Room Host, your responsibilities will be to introduce those presenting and assist them with setting up their presentation. Community service hours will be granted to those who volunteer.

Please contact Tanya Patrie at patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu for more information or to sign up. You may also use the following link to sign up to volunteer https://forms.office.com/r/DGmqG95WSd.

DUE TODAY!

Attention 4-H Members in 9-12th grade
Plans are underway for the 2024 Citizenship Washington Focus conference scheduled for June 20-27, 2024. 

The deadline to Apply is March 8.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is National 4-H Council’s premier leadership and civic engagement experience held each summer in the Washington, DC area. It is a week-long event (Thursday – Thursday) for 4-H members in grades 9-12 (14-19 years old). The program is based on the principle that democracy requires skills and strategies that must be learned and practiced and it teaches participants to be active, responsible citizens and leaders. The program utilizes Washington, DC as a working classroom to learn about the government, citizenship, and civic engagement and provides hands-on opportunities for our teens to promote “Better Citizens Today, Better Leaders Tomorrow.” 

During the CWF program week, delegates will:
•Strengthen communication, leadership, and civic engagement skills on a national level
•Understand the importance of Youth Voice and the skills necessary to make a change in their community, such as civil discourse and media literacy
•Exchange ideas, practice respect and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds
•Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of our nation’s capital city, Washington, DC, as their classroom
•Create a plan and work with fellow delegates to develop the steps to carry out the plan upon their return home, to make a difference in their community.

The New Jersey delegates will travel by coach bus for the week and will experience all that Washington, DC has to offer. We will join approximately 250 4-H members representing a variety of states

Information can be found on the New Jersey 4-H website at the following link:  http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/citizenship/washingtonfocus/
Event Scholarships may be available. Contact the 4-H Office for more information.

The deadline to have the application turned in to the office is March 8.

Tickets will be available at the door

4-H Public Presentations NEEDS Volunteers

Caring adults are needed to volunteer to help us evaluate those 4-H youth participating in our 4-H public presentations program.

Help is still needed for:
March 22 – Kittatinny Regional High School, 77 Halsey Rd. Newton

Please use the following link to sign up to serve as a presentation judge: https://forms.office.com/r/WLfFSwuHTK, contact the 4-H office at (973) 948-3040, or email Tanya at patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu.

If you know someone who would like to serve or be a good fit to serve as a 4-H public presentation judge, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Tanya at patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu.

For any questions please contact the 4-H Office.

DON’T FORGET!!!

Horse Registrations are DUE APRIL 1st. This deadline is FIRM and there are NO exceptions. If you are planning on showing your horse at qualifying shows, State Horse Show, or Fairs you must register your animal. You can find registration forms here: https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/horses/horse-reg-form.pdf

Or see any STEM Club member or email SC4HSTEM@gmail.com

Register NOW for the
2024 Junior Animal Science Symposium

Open to youth in grades K-6th

More information can be found on the Morris County 4-H website: https://www.morris4h.org/upcoming-events

 4-H Ag-Venture Day Takes on Spring Break!   

For more information go to:
https://4histops.org/events/ag-day-spring-break

The Beth and Owen Pool Memorial Scholarship

Any high school senior who has participated in New Jersey 4-H or FFA, and is interested in pursuing a career in agriculture, is eligible for this $1000 Scholarship. Students interested must submit the completed application along with an essay on how agriculture “feeds your soul” and a letter of recommendation from a 4-H Leader or FFA Advisor. 

https://www.sussex4h.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Beth-and-Owen-final.pdf

The application, essay and letter are due by April 1st. The Scholarship winner will be selected and notified by April 30th

This scholarship is being offered through New Jersey Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. Please email your application, letter of reference and essay to Melanie Richman at maerichman1289@gmail.com by April 1st.

Ag. Division of the NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show Agricultural Scholarships

Agricultural Scholarships are presented each year to a Sussex County graduating high school senior or college student currently enrolled in an agricultural program, pursuing a two or four year degree, or graduate studies in one of the many fields of Agriculture.
The minimum award amounts are $400.00. The deadline for filing is April 15th.

More information and applications can be found at:
http://www.sussexcountyfairgrounds.org/assets/resources/AgriculturalScholarshipApplication.pdf

Foods Skill-a-Thon Click HERE for Study Guide
Quick Cook-Off Click HERE for rules

 Registration is available at http://tinyurl.com/3hy32r9m. If you have questions contact Denise at 732-349-1227 or dgerhauser@co.ocean.nj.us.

New Jersey 4-H Summer Camps Sign Up – Open Now
Sessions are Selling out!


Registration opens for both:
Our 74th summer at L.G. Cook 4-H Camp, New Jersey 4-H’s overnight summer camp in beautiful Stokes State Forest. Join our caring, tech-free community for a one-week sleepaway session in July or our BIG 18 day session in August … AND …

Our 2nd summer at 4-H Camp at Rutgers Gardens, our brand-new day camp program combining the social-emotional learning of 4-H Camp’s friendly, communal experience with the educational opportunities of Rutgers Gardens. 

More details and online registration at nj4hcamp.rutgers.edu! Call 973-948-3550 to reach the Camp Office with any and all questions.

SAVE THE DATE

This outdoor festival event offers fun activities for the whole family, taking place across every campus of Rutgers New Brunswick on Saturday, April 27, 2024.

Plan your Rutgers Day activities here:
https://newbrunswick.rutgers.edu/rutgers-day-faqs 

On Rutgers Day, April 27th, 2024, Saturday, between 10 and 4PM, on the College Avenue Campus, Voorhees Mall, Rutgers, New Brunswick,  4-Hers from throughout the state are invited to offer presentations, performances and artistic exhibits as part of our  Expressive Arts 4-H “Imagination in Action” station. This is the 14th year that Expressive Arts 4-H has celebrated our 4-Hers’ creativity at the annual Rutgers Day celebration. Deadline for submitting registration forms is April 15.

For Imagination in Action, 4-Hers, Cloverbud and Standard, are invited to share their talents in visual, performing and media arts  (e.g., music, dance, magic, clowning, drawing, painting, photography, drama, writing, filmmaking, puppetry, etc.).  This is a non-competitive event. Individual and group entries are welcome. All 4-Hers will receive participation ribbons and certificates. Those who wish to can perform before the Rutgers audience. 4-Hers who are performing can sign up for any or all part of the day which extends from 10AM-4PM.  Ellen Williams-Chairperson schedule 4-Hers for the times they request and will be in contact with them directly regarding schedule confirmation.

 If you have any questions, you can contact Ellen Williams, Expressive Arts NJ 4-H Agent, at (848)932-9214 or at williams@njaes.rutgers.edu

Don’t miss the 67th annual South Jersey 4-H Teen Conference on Sat, May 4 from 10 am – 7 pm at the Winter Run Activity Center in Farmingdale, NJ.

Teens from across NJ will enjoy activities that support this year’s theme of “Blooming Leaders – Planting Seeds for the Future.” Activities will include yoga, guided painting, a boat ride, nature scavenger hunt and photography, plus plenty of opportunities to meet new friends.

The conference is open to 7th graders and older and to both 4-H members and their non-4-H friends. The registration cost is $50 per person and is available through https://SJTC24.4honline.com  

4-H Record Book Reminders

Just reminder that you should be working on your 4-H record book though-out the 4-H Project year. Some areas you should have completed or be a work in progress are:

  • Cover
  • Goal Setting
  • Logging monthly activities
  • Finances

Your Goals should be:

Specific – a specific goal is well defined, with a clear outcome in mind. It should answer the questions of what you want to achieve, who is involved, and where it will happen.
Measurable – a measurable goal has clear criteria for success and a timeline for achieving it. This allows you to track your progress along the way.
Attainable – An attainable goal is one that is possible to achieve with your overall vision and long-term objectives.
Relevant – A relevant goal is aligned with your overall vision and long-term objectives.
Time-based – A time-based goal has a clear timeline for completion, with a start and end date. This helps provide motivation and sense of urgency to achieve the goal.

New members should aim for 1 or 2 goals their first year. Returning members should increase the number and complexity of their goals as their years in 4-H grow.


Don’t forget to have your parent or guardian and your 4-H club leader sign off on your goals!

Tables at the Farmer’s Market available to 4-H clubs for fundraising!

Poetry x Hunger: Poetry Call from Middle and High School Youth

Do you want to help eliminate hunger and poverty through the power of your pen? NJ Arts 4-H is introducing Poetry X Hunger. Join in the Poetry X Hunger project promoted by Expressive Arts 4-H of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. If you would like to learn more about the many forms of poetry you can choose from, contact Ellen Williams, Expressive Arts 4-H Agent at williams@njaes.rutgers.edu.

For more information visit https://nj4h.rutgers.edu/comm/poetryxhunger/

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Attention Volunteers!! 🍀🍀🍀

Join the discussion on best practices in ensuring safety and belonging for all members. This virtual workshop will explore the 4-H Healthy Living Mental Wellness program, with a snapshot of our current youth needs, programmatic offerings, resources, and strategies to support mental wellness in any program!

Open to ALL volunteers! Register at https://tinyurl.com/4-HNERV


Calling all 4-H volunteers! NJ 4-H is launching a new podcast series called 4-H Volunteer Ventures. This series examines the fun, but sometimes confusing, role of the 4-H volunteer. Each episode will explore a specific aspect or challenge volunteers face and offer best practices to improve the experience. Join your hosts, Kelly and Laura, as they discuss current trends, share resources, and offer tips and tricks they’ve learned from their own volunteer experiences.

We want to hear from YOU! If you have any suggestions for volunteer-based topics you would like us to address, or something you would like to learn more about as a 4-H volunteer, comment below! We appreciate your input.


Attention 4-H alumni, parents, volunteers and stakeholders…

Mark Your Calendars! Here are the NJ 4-H State Association meeting dates for 2024. We are still looking for additional volunteers to help make the best better and join the association! Visit https://go.rutgers.edu/HelpNJ4H to be added to the mailing list or contact nj4h@njaes.rutgers.edu to learn more about the State Association!


Bee-ginner’s Beekeeping: The Basics of Apiculture  🍀  

Online Class – Opens April 1st & Closes April 30th, 2024 

Participants can complete the course content (which will take approximately 14 hours) at their own pace anytime during the period the course is open. There is an optional live Q & A session with the instructors during which you can ask questions about the course content.  

If you have any questions and/or concerns, bee 🐝 sure to contact Pamela Mayer.

Discounts are available!  For more information, BEE sure to contact Pamela Mayer at pspring@rutgers.edu   🍀  

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